CER Autumn Lecture Series

The DCU Centre for Engaged Research Autumn Lecture Series will begin on September 15th.

Drawing from a wide diversity of fields and disciplines, the series showcases the variety and depth of engaged research on the island of Ireland and internationally. This series will discuss developments with regard to community engagement, citizen science, ethical issues and will help answer the question of ‘what is engaged research?’

Speaking about the series, Prof. Ronnie Munck, Head of Civic Engagement in Dublin City University said:

“The main mission of engaged research is to be collaborative and change oriented, positioning the community as a full participant in shaping the research question, analysing the data and developing effective knowledge dissemination strategies. It seeks to empower communities and local stakeholders through knowledge and to promote democratic values for positive social transformation. 

This series will also show how engaged research is also a key element in the impact agenda of the engaged university.”

The first lecture in the series will feature Claire Mulrone (Ulster University) and Dr Emma McKenna (Queen's University) with a lecture on 'Engaged Research in Northern Ireland: The Science Shop Model.'

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Dr Emma McKenna co-ordinates The Science Shop in Queen’s University Belfast. The Science Shop is a community engaged research initiative, facilitating students to work on curriculum-based research projects generated from the needs of community partners. In this role she works with a wide range of community organisations across Northern Ireland and with students and academic staff across all faculties. She is a leading member of the Living Knowledge International Science Shop Network. She has mentored Science Shops across the world, including in Canada, India, Hungary, France and Spain. She is Associate Editor for the NCCPE’s Research For All journal. Her current main interest is redesigning and reimagining curricula to underpin student research engagement with communities.

Claire Mulrone is the Community Engagement Manager and Co-Director of the Social Justice Hub at Ulster University. Claire has responsibility for Community Engagement activities supporting both adamic staff and students to undertake a range of engaged research projects sharing their knowledge and expertise with community and voluntary partners across Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Science Shop, a joint collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University celebrating its 30th Anniversary 2018.